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Detroit-based Jet Rodriguez (real name Cameron Navetta) wrote his first song at the ripe age of eight.  At the age of eighteen, Navetta recorded his first album to critical and internet praise from all over the world.  The songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist will be releasing his latest album Self Preservation on March 31st.

Ghettoblaster is proud to premiere the video for the song “Self Preservation” today.  Here is what Navetta said about the track:

“”Self Preservation” is about the innate response to recoil and protect oneself when faced with a difficult situation. I was in a place where I had to choose between sacrificing my well-being and continuing on with the way things were, or leaving in a desperate attempt to save myself. I remember writing the song in the heat of the moment, at the exact time when I needed a real, tangible breakthrough in my life. I was essentially on the verge of a breakdown. I was so torn. I was just searching for a way out, and the process of writing the song helped me come to a place of realization. As much as it was painful, I knew I had to preserve myself at the end of the day.”

Here is what Navetta about the filming of the video:

“The video was shot on a very cold day. We had a wall outside an old venue, some chalk, and a few willing bodies, but not much else. We started to experiment with our resources, and one thing led to the next, and we arrived at the idea to have our friends write the lyrics on the wall as I was singing them. It seemed simple enough so we decided to try to capture it all in one go. It ended up taking a few attempts, but in the end we were left with the “continuous shot” vibe that can be seen in the video. I was really excited when I saw the final cut for the first time.”

(Visit Jet Rodriguez here:

Website:  http://www.jetrodriguez.com/
Bandcamp:  https://jetrodriguez.bandcamp.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jetrodriguezmusic)

Since the year 2000, Ghettoblaster has been putting out a quarterly print magazine. For Ghettoblast from the Past, we look back at the bands and artists that were showcased within these pages.

From Issue 33, Jagjaguwar Records Dinosaur Jr.  Words by Kristofer Polard.  Photo by Lorie Moulton.

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Dinosaur 2

Dinosaur 3

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Since the year 2000, Ghettoblaster has been putting out a quarterly print magazine. For Ghettoblast from the Past, we look back at the bands and artists that were showcased within these pages.

From Issue 18, Megaforce Records/PMA Records Bad Brains.  Words by Akiko Carver.

Bad Brains

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For all those who “follow the buzzards”, you are fully aware of Mark Crozer’s music. As the song “Live In Fear” echoes through stadiums and arenas all around the world each night, the British singer now Brooklyn native is also known for his involvement with the indie rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain.

In January, the multi-instrumental has released another project, this time with his band Mark Crozer & The Rels Sunny Side Down. The ten track album is chockfull of jangly indie-rock and wistful indiepop vocals; credit all goes to Crozer co-producing the album along with producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active, Velvet Crush, + more). Fans of The Jesus And Mary Chain, Pale Saints, Teenage FanClub will embrace Sunny Side Down with joy.

Today, Ghettoblaster is pleased to premiere the track “Haunted Head”, coming off of Sunny Side Down.

Sunny Side Down is available via digital download, ultra-limited edition CD. The anticipated vinyl edition will be available on April 28, 2017.

(Visit the band here:

https://markcrozer.bandcamp.com/music)

Merging neo-psyche and baroque pop influences, along with sharp songwriting, the Dallas-based duo Corner Suns captivate those who are fans of artists such as The Zombies, Magnetic Fields, and The Shins. Corner Suns – John Dufilho (The Apples In Stereo, The Deathray Davies) and Brandon Carr (The Earlies) – released their self-titled debut in January; memorable vocals and pop hooks offer listeners some incredible tunes.

“My original idea for this record was for it to be really heavy,” says Dufilho. “I wanted to make something that sounded like Black Sabbath, but I realized that I had no idea how to write songs like that.”

“It’s true, our psychedelic Black Sabbath concept was a misadventure,” Carr jokes. “My voice was still muddled from the years off, but John helped me find it again, and the songs really began to come together.”

Today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering Corner Suns video for “The Rattle In The Room” – the most recent single taken from the self-titled album. The track also features vocals from singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe. Locals in Dallas will quickly take notice on the location of where the video was shot, Good Records.

“It was just one continuous shot,” says Dufilho. “One angle, start to finish. I zoomed in, changed colors, used fish eye lenses, mirror imaging, stretched, pushed and pulled until the image matched the one in my head, ha!”

Visit the band here:

www.cornersuns.com
www.facebook.com/cornersuns
www.twitter.com/corner_suns
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgm81ieEC42QTozGKVpPjEA
cornersuns.bandcamp.com
www.soundcloud.com/corner-suns

“I’ve spent most of my life making music but not enough time sharing it. This changes now. Life is magic. Do what you love.”

Those words are from Daniel Howie, former front-man of North Carolina’s alternative rock band Sugar Glyder.  Now branching out into his own, Howie has begun a new project Mouth Sounds.   Going with Howie’s cutting vocals, Mouth Sounds delves deeper into exploring elements of electronica and indie pop.

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Howie on the single “Slow DiMaggio”:

“This was by far the most collaborative song on the EP.  Mark Eckert and I pretty much put this track together in the studio.  My effort to sonically expand the breadth and range of the EP combined with Mark’s profound ability to write, produce, mix and collaborate.

“Design the world you want.  Clouds in the foreground.  Color outside the lines.  Die happy.  Violet skies.  Lions all line the shore.  Kid to a king and I…”

“Slow DiMaggio” will be featured on Mouth Sounds upcoming debut EP Sing or Swim, set for release on February 28 via Coast Records.

(For more on Mouth Sounds:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mouthsoundsmusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mouth_sounds
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mouth-sounds)

Detroit-based rock duo PALACES released a slew of singles over the past two years that contained pulsing 80s new wave with droney vocals and lo-fi shoegaze.  The tracks were just the start of the bigger picture with PALACES; on February 17th, the band will be releasing their long-anticipated album New Hollywood Emotion.

The single off of New Hollywood Emotion “Chocolate” highlights the bold vision that PALACES are pushing towards.  Staying true to themselves, the duo continue to have their own unique interpretation within their musical landscape.  Here’s what PALACES said regarding “Chocolate”:

“If New Hollywood Emotion is a combination of Eastern Europe’s cold, melodic, synthesized heartbeat with California’s laid back, reverb-soaked nervous system, then Chocolate would be the stopover in Ibiza before heading to the west coast. It’s distinct, heavy guitar riffs act like a wave pushing the listener along while the capricious synth melodies attempt to shake the listener off the surfboard. Chocolate moves the body and soul in an experience of enjoyable chaos.”

Enjoy the single “Chocolate” here:

(Visit PALACES:

http://thisispalaces.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thisisPALACES/

https://thisispalaces.bandcamp.com/)

Following the release of their third album Marginalia in 2014 and the 2015 release Sunshine Special, the Athens, Greece quartet Baby Guru voyaged onwards to focus on their individual endeavors.  Singer Prins Obi and drummer King Elephant released their own solo efforts.  Bassist Sir Kosmiche produced Congo’s own Molimo debut album and joined the psych-rock group Chickn.

The four childhood friends have now unified once again and are about to release the forthcoming album IV, out on April 7th via Inner Ear Records.  With IV, Baby Guru have found themselves pushing the boundaries of their music; focusing on spontaneity and unexpected inspiration.  Baby Guru’s obsession with the kraut rock legacy, pop melodies, psychedelic music and mama Africa percussion experiments continue to drive the band’s worldly sound.  Feelings and thoughts on their everyday struggles, romance, and the illusions of fame present a richness to Baby Guru’s lyrics.

Enjoy the first single from IV “Tell Me What You’re Made Of”:

(Visit Baby Guru here:

https://www.facebook.com/babyguruband/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/Baby_Guru

http://inner-ear.gr/catalogue/artist/uncategorised/iv/

http://www.babyguruband.com)

Since the year 2000, Ghettoblaster has been putting out a quarterly print magazine. For Ghettoblast from the Past, we look back at the bands and artists that were showcased within these pages.

From Issue 29, Nervous Intent Records Street Eaters.  Words by Matt Lebens.  Photo by Leo Docuyanan

Also from Issue 29, Domino Recording Company My Twin Sister (formally Twin Sister).  Words by Aaron Von Dorn.  Photo by Jon Stars

Street eaters

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